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Police ask for help finding Surgoinsville man missing since Sunday

STAFF REPORT • Oct 23, 2019 at 3:26 PM

Authorities have recovered a body from the Holston River near Riverfront Park near the location where a truck was pulled from the river this afternoon. As per Times News policy, that's all we'll be reporting about this situation.

From the Hawkins County Rescue Squad:

Update 5:09 PM: Emergency Crews have recovered an individual from the water. Law Enforcement is trying to positively identify the individual.

Hawkins County Rescue Squad was dispatched at approximately 12:28 PM to assist Surgoinsville Police Department with a truck in water at Surgoinsville River Front Park Boat Ramp Ramp. The truck has been recovered from the water using Divers from Kingsport Life Saving Crew and Hill Top Towing. Crews did not locate anyone in the truck. Crews are actively searching the water for any individual(s) in the water. Our agency is being assisted by Church Hill Rescue Squad, Surgoinsville Fire Department, Kingsport Life Savin Crew, Hancock County Rescue Squad, Hawkins County EMS, Hawkins County EMA, and Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office. We will post additional updates as they become available.


SURGOINSVILLE – The Surgoinsville Police Department is asking for information on the whereabouts of Jerry Qualls, 63, who hasn't been seen by his family since Sunday.

On Tuesday his family reported to the SPD that Qualls was last seen Sunday around 6:30 p.m. when he left driving a dark blue 1016 Dodge 2500 4-door pickup. Family stated that it’s out of character for Qualls to be gone this long without contacting someone.

His family told police Qualls has been under a lot of stress lately, and he has some health issues that he takes medication for.

Anyone with information about Qualls' location is asked to contact the SPD at (423) 345-2316.

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